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Rio Carnival conquers Zika fears with repellant and samba
Rio Carnival conquers Zika fears with repellant and samba

With crazy costumes, pulsating music the Rio Carnival's top performers swatted aside Zika worries to get down for the world's biggest party

Rio Carnival conquers Zika fears with repellant and samba
London's colourful Notting Hill Carnival kicks off
London's colourful Notting Hill Carnival kicks off

London's Notting Hill Carnival kicked off with a riot of colour despite grey skies, in a celebration of Caribbean culture reputed as Europe's biggest street party.

London's colourful Notting Hill Carnival kicks off
Party time! Carnival opens in Rio
Party time! Carnival opens in Rio

Brazil opened five days of non-stop partying Friday as Rio de Janeiro's Carnival officially opened.

Party time! Carnival opens in Rio
Notting Hill Carnival brings reggae beats to London streets
Notting Hill Carnival brings reggae beats to London streets

Europe's biggest street party the Notting Hill Carnival in London drew vast crowds as revellers gathered for reggae, steel bands and dancing.

Notting Hill Carnival brings reggae beats to London streets
Carnival crown to samba champions honoring Senna, Bolt
Carnival crown to samba champions honoring Senna, Bolt

Rio on Wednesday elected the Unidos da Tijuca samba school as its Carnival champions, a 40-strong jury crowning a program which paid homage to late Brazilian Formula One racer Ayrton Senna.

Carnival crown to samba champions honoring Senna, Bolt
Rio Carnival twist and shouts to Beatlemania
Rio Carnival twist and shouts to Beatlemania

Beatlemania gripped the Rio Carnival as more than 130,000 revelers twist and shouted to samba versions of the Fab Four's greatest hits.

Rio Carnival twist and shouts to Beatlemania
King Momo kicks off riotous Rio carnival
King Momo kicks off riotous Rio carnival

Rio plunged into five days of hedonistic revelry Friday as the city's legendary carnival opened, with King Momo taking the keys of the city and declaring joy by decree.

King Momo kicks off riotous Rio carnival
Brazil's Carnival reaches its crescendo Origin: Brazil
Brazil's Carnival reaches its crescendo Origin: Brazil

Rio's Carnival festivities reached their crescendo late Monday with a final night of samba school parades, part of a contest appropriately dubbed the greatest show on earth.

Brazil's Carnival reaches its crescendo Origin: Brazil
Celebrities flock to Rio Carnival extravaganza
Celebrities flock to Rio Carnival extravaganza

As world celebrities watched, top samba schools paraded their elaborate fantasy floats and scantily-clad beauty queens Sunday in the fiery highlight of the Rio Carnival.

Celebrities flock to Rio Carnival extravaganza
Tens of thousands kick off Venice Carnival
Tens of thousands kick off Venice Carnival

Some 70,000 revellers, many wearing elaborate costumes and masks, thronged Venice's St Mark's Square on Sunday to watch the traditional "flight of the angel," a highlight of the annual Carnival.

Tens of thousands kick off Venice Carnival
Sequins, beer, robberies at Rio's pet Carnival parade
Sequins, beer, robberies at Rio's pet Carnival parade

Hundreds of pets decked out with sequins, ruffles and hats paraded on Rio's famed Copacabana beach Sunday in an annual pre-Carnival extravaganza briefly interrupted by a spate of robberies.

Sequins, beer, robberies at Rio's pet Carnival parade
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Austerity carnival mocks Italy's elections

Carnival workers in central Italy dusted off their Silvio Berlusconi masks and put the finishing touches to an anti-austerity float.

Austerity carnival mocks Italy's elections

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